Diane Werts writes about television for Newsday. Werts previously was the founding editor of Newsday's trend-spotting magazine TV Show More
Off the Wall kicks off the fall.
ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL?
College football heads to Dublin for "Notre Dame vs. Navy" (today at 9 a.m., CBS/2). NBC's prime-time showcase has "Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants" (Wednesday at 8:30 p.m., NBC/4). And "Saturday Night Live" (tonight at 11:30, NBC/4) encores Giants' QB Eli Manning's May gig. Notre Dame-Navy also streams live at cbssports.com.
MARIONETTES, NOT CARS
These T-Birds are the '60s vintage puppet heroes from Gerry Anderson, seen in the 1966 flick "Thunderbirds Are Go" (today at 9 a.m., Turner Classic Movies). Tune to TCM next Saturday at the same time for the 1968 sequel, "Thunderbird 6." All you need to know at thunderbirdsonline.co.uk.
FALL PREVIEW SHOWS
Check out the broadcast networks' traditional sneak-peek clip collections. Matthew Perry hosts the "NBC Primetime Preview" (tonight at 7, WNBC/4; tomorrow at 11:30 p.m., New York Nonstop). There's also "Fox Fall Preview" (tomorrow at 3 p.m., WNYW/5). And the hosts of "The Chew" go on location to do star interviews for "ABC Fall Preview Special" (tomorrow at 7 p.m., ABC/7).
JOY IN 'WHO'-VILLE
The mighty Doctor's marathon, started yesterday, continues nonstop into the Season 7 debut of "Doctor Who" (tonight at 9, BBC America). It's titled "Asylum of the Daleks," which means his mechanical archenemies are back! Spoilers at bbcamerica.com/doctorwho.
BIG BLOOD, BAD JOKES
The mind behind '80s action spoof series "Sledge Hammer!" (creator Alan Spencer) goes 21st century graphic with the crime lampoon "Bullet in the Face" (tomorrow 5-8 p.m., Tuesday night 12:30 p.m.-3:30 a.m., IFC). Eddie Izzard and Eric Roberts headline a marathon of its six half-hour episodes. Go inside the show at ifc.com/shows.
NEW OLD NEW SHOWS
Sometimes, vintage faves reappear in repeats, like the mini-marathon of sitcom fave "NewsRadio" (tomorrow 6-9 p.m., Antenna TV). Other times, they're reinvented, like "The Pyramid" (weeknights at 6, GSN). It's the same as Dick Clark's original game show: Contestants play with celebs like debut week's Yvette Nicole Brown and Danny Pudi ("Community"). Preview at gsntv.com/shows
IT'S A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD
Carrying on the legacy of the late Fred Rogers is "Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood" (weekdays at 11 a.m., WNET/13; Tuesday at 8 a.m., Wednesday-Friday at 8:30 a.m., WLIW/21), an animated half-hour with familiar "neighborhood" characters. Visit pbskids.org/daniel.
This time, it's the familiar "View" host / radio talker. "Joy Behar: Say Anything!" (Tuesday at 6 p.m., Current) is a new weeknight issues-and-humor hour on the rebranding cable channel (DirecTV Ch. 358, DISH Ch. 215, FiOS Ch. 192). Also new: Bohemia-born John Fugelsang joins "Talking Liberally: The Stephanie Miller Show" (Friday at 9 a.m., Current), while readying his own fall prime-time series. More at current.com/ shows /joy-behar.
Renamed Lauren Bacall as a hot teen model, Betty Joan Perske was barely legal when she co-starred with Humphrey Bogart in "To Have and Have Not" (Wednesday at 8 p.m., TCM). She'd marry Bogie the following year. All four of their films together launch TCM's Wednesdays-in-September salute to Bacall, who turns 88 on Sept. 16. Details at tcm.com/this-month.
Comic Kevin Hart hosts this year's "MTV Video Music Awards" (Thursday 8-10 p.m., MTV), live from L.A.'s Staples Center. Performers include Rihanna, Pink, Taylor Swift, One Direction, Alicia Keys, Green Day and Frank Ocean. Preshow at 7 has Demi Lovato performing. Nominees, lots more at mtv.com/ontv/vma/2012.